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‘A rising baseline of fear’: How 9/11 changed the way American Jews keep themselves safe


NEW YORK (JTA) — Like many New Yorkers, Dara Horn remembers the weeks after Sept. 11, 2001, unfolding like a surreal nightmare. 

Sitting in her Manhattan apartment, watching the second tower go up in smoke on live TV. Walking down streets plastered with posters bearing the faces of missing people. Crying every day for six months. 

But it was four weeks after 9/11, on the festive Jewish...

20 years ago, the UN Durban Conference aimed to combat racism. It devolved into a ‘festival of hate’ against Jews.


(JTA) — Some of the Jewish organizational officials flying into the coastal city of Durban, South Africa, on the last week of August 2001 were excited. They believed the U.N.’s anti-racism conference there would be an opportunity to exchange notes on a cause that the Jewish world had worked on for decades.

Others, steeped in how the United Nations and its affiliates functioned, were wary of some...

Federation coordinates Dallas kosher food distribution in Metairie

By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

Jesse Shamka normally works in the kitchen at Kosher Palate supervising the kosher food being cooked at his employer Chaim Goldfarb’s Dallas grocery store, upscale restaurant and full-service catering company.

His duty this Labor Day morning was anything but ordinary.

With a driver navigating the trip from Dallas, Shamka rode in the cab of a huge 24-foot refrigerated truck  fully laden with kosher...

CCJN editor gives personal account of recovery from Hurricane Ida

By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

The thick blanket of heat and humidity that enveloped my bedroom at night is what made sleep nearly impossible. No matter how one tried to ignore it, the ever present high temperature and high humidity was as unrelenting and persistent as the powerful storm that lashed New Orleans for hours and savagely ravaged the communities of Houma, Laplace and Grand Isle a week...

Hurricane Ida presents challenges which differ from Hurricane Katrina recovery

By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

Hurricane Ida, one of the strongest storms registered in more than 150 years, came crashing into the Louisiana Gulf Coast on Sunday bringing with it a massive storm surge and incredibly powerful winds that tore roofs off structures and downed trees and power lines across much of Southeast and South Central Louisiana.

Expected to stay on a track northwest of the city, the...

Scattered by Hurricane Ida, the Jews of New Orleans prepare for High Holidays


(JTA) — Once the hospice care workers evacuated and electricity went out in New Orleans, Alan Smason and his sister had to figure out what to do about their mother. 

At 89 and suffering from dementia and a heart condition, she can hardly tolerate the heat of a Louisiana summer without air conditioning. An auxiliary oxygen supply is helping keep her alive. 

That meant her native city...

Hurricane Ida destroys one-time Jewish family’s residence that was Louis Armstrong’s ‘second home’


(JTA) — Hurricane Ida flattened the New Orleans home where a youthful Louis Armstrong spent time with a Jewish immigrant family who mentored him.

CNN reported Monday that the Category 4 storm destroyed the brick structure on South Rampart Street where the Karnofsky family lived and ran a tailor shop at the turn of the 20th century.

Starting at about age 5, Armstrong was friends with the...

UPDATE: Hurricane Ida strengthens into massive Category 4 storm


Hurricane Ida continued to intensify late Saturday night in the open, warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico as forecasters declared it a dangerous major Category 4 storm early Sunday morning.

Conditions remain favorable for further deepening of the storm with sustained winds of 150 miles per hour at landfall near Houma and Port Fouchon. The central pressure of the storm continued to drop to 933 millibars...

UPDATE: Hurricane Ida now a powerful Category 2 storm; could be Category 3 storm on Sunday


After spending all day Saturday over the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Hurricane Ida intensified its maximum winds to 105 miles per hour, establishing itself as a powerful Category 2 storm with hurricane force winds extending 30 miles out from its center and tropical force winds approximately 90 miles away.

The storm is expected to continue strengthening tonight and forecasters believed it might cross the...

Hurricane Ida strengthens; expected to make landfall Sunday


Tropical Storm Ida quickly became Hurricane Ida on Friday with maximum force winds of 80 miles per hour, establishing it as a Category 1 storm. Weather forecasters anticipate the storm will continue to strengthen and will likely become a monster Category 4 Storm with winds estimated to be at 140 miles per hour at landfall near Houma on Sunday morning.

The warm waters of the Gulf of...